President TrumpDonald TrumpClyburn says he's worried about losing House, 'losing this democracy' Sinema reignites 2024 primary chatter amid filibuster fight Why not a Manchin-DeSantis ticket for 2024? MORE asked South Korean President Moon Jae-in to publicly give him credit for fostering peace talks between North Korea and Seoul, The Washington Post reported Saturday.
Trump reportedly made the request during a phone call with the South Korean leader on Jan. 4, just days after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un announced he’d be open to negotiations.
Trump took to Twitter later that day to take credit for the talks, saying he'd been “firm, strong and willing to commit our total ‘might’ against the North."
With all of the failed “experts” weighing in, does anybody really believe that talks and dialogue would be going on between North and South Korea right now if I wasn’t firm, strong and willing to commit our total “might” against the North. Fools, but talks are a good thing!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 4, 2018
Roughly a week later, Trump said in a follow-up phone call with the South Korean leader that he’d be open to direct talks with North Korea.
Moon said the same day that Trump deserved "big credit" for kickstarting talks between North and South Korea.
“I think President Trump deserves big credit for bringing about the inter-Korean talks. I want to show my gratitude,” Moon said, according to reports. “It could be a resulting work of the U.S.-led sanctions and pressure."
Trump has in recent weeks argued that additional sanctions his administration imposed on North Korea led to Kim's openness to peace talks.
Sanctions and “other” pressures are beginning to have a big impact on North Korea. Soldiers are dangerously fleeing to South Korea. Rocket man now wants to talk to South Korea for first time. Perhaps that is good news, perhaps not - we will see!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 2, 2018
While tensions between the U.S. and North Korea have been on the rise, North and South Korea appear to be moving toward a more amicable relationship.
--This report was updated at 12:12 p.m.